Meet Our Ancestors

Chauvet Cave: a 36,000-year-old art gallery, normally closed to the public, opens to everyone through immersive tech

In collaboration with

Grotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

When cavemen discovered art

Step back in time to the dawn of creativity 36,000 years ago

Step inside

Enter the mysterious site that's normally closed to the public

Launch the immersive experience on SteamVR

Who were our ancestors?

Play a game to discover just how much we have in common with prehistoric humans

Untouched from 34,000 BCE to 1994

The story behind the surprising discovery

Closed to the public, open in AR

Drop the cave in front of you and experience the cave paintings in Augmented Reality

Hold the Cave in Your Hand

Prehistoric France comes to you in this Pocket Gallery

Where art started

Go on a chamber-by-chamber journey through the cave

The World's First Art Gallery

A brief history of one of Mankind's first masterpieces

The original underground art scene

A closer look at how and why our ancestors decorated the Chauvet Cave

In 1940, Pablo Picasso saw ancient cave art and reportedly said, "they invented everything!"

Caveman or copycat?

Discover how cave art made a comeback

Rock of ages

Explore the ways the art of the past is still alive today

Digging deeper

Discover more about the Chauvet Cave and its inhabitants

Take a walk on the wild side

And explore the nature that inspired the drawings

6 Extinct Animals You Won't Find Alive in the Cave Today

It wasn't only our ancestors who roamed these caves...

Chauvet Cave, recreated

Making the Chauvet experience available to the public

Beyond Chauvet

Discover other examples of prehistoric cave art

Explore more...

Continue your journey into the cave...